5 hidden corners of the Seychelles

Discover secret places in the Seychelles from secluded beaches and waterfalls to restaurants serving authentic Creole food.

Hidden gems of the Seychelles: Anse Georgette

Hidden gems of the Seychelles: Anse Georgette

Here’s our pick of hidden gems in the archipelago:

1. Anse Georgette

The competition for ‘most beautiful beach in Seychelles’ is a tough one but this beautiful, secluded bay with white sand sloping gently into clear water on Praslin has to be a contender. Inaccessible by car the easiest way to access it is along a nature trail that runs through the grounds of Constance Lémuria.

2. Aride Island Nature Reserve

While many tour guides will advise you to visit Cousin or Curieuse Island because it is closer, nature lovers will find the number of bird species on Aride, north of Praslin, breathtaking. The island is home to one of the most important seabird populations in the Indian Ocean with more breeding species than any other island in Seychelles. A nature reserve since 1973, Aride is completely unspoilt with endemic flora and fauna not found anywhere else on earth. Tour operators run tours from Praslin or a helicopter service is available.

3. The ancient mangrove forest of Port Launay

The mangrove forest in the coastal wetlands of Port Launay beside Constance Ephélia is considered by RAMSAR as the best on Mahé. All seven species of mangrove can be found here offering a unique environment for the spawning, nursery and feeding of many endemic fish species as well as nesting for birds and the endangered Sheath-tailed Bat. Guests at Constance Ephélia are able to enjoy a guided kayak tour through this stunning natural environment.

The fantastic Port Launay

The fantastic Port Launay

4. Marie Antoinette Restaurant

Immerse yourself in the authentic scents and flavours of Creole food at this popular eating-place on Mahé just a 10 minute walk from the centre of Victoria. From parrotfish and tuna steak to pumpkin chutney and aubergine fritters all the food is local and organic. Set in an old colonial wooden house unchanged for nearly 100 years, the building itself has been declared a national monument. But dining here is less about sightseeing and more about eating good Seychellois food while soaking up the lively Creole atmosphere.

5. Waterfall at Port Glaud

Signposted from the beach at Port Launay, adjacent to Constance Ephélia on Mahé, this stunning waterfall is about a 1km walk from the main road. Set in the heart of dense jungle, the waterfall tumbles into a clear, freshwater pool perfect for swimming in. After a refreshing dip you can lie back on warm granite rocks and breathe in the scents, sounds and sights of this leafy, tropical paradise.

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4 romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean

Imagine a candlelit table for two with views across calm, clear waters. The islands of the Indian Ocean offer a unique, romantic ambience unlike anywhere else on earth.

Here’s a selection of four fabulously romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean.

Le Barachois – Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean: Le Barachois

Romantic restaurants in the Indian Ocean: Le Barachois

Walk through stunning tropical mangroves, along a torch-lit gangplank and you reach the elegant Le Barachois. Floating on timber platforms on the tranquil waters of a lagoon with a perfect view of the sunset there is no more romantic spot in Mauritius.

Jing – Constance Halaveli, Maldives

Constance Halaveli's Jing Restaurant

Constance Halaveli’s Jing Restaurant

Hovering above the waters of the Indian Ocean, Jing offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a sumptuous romantic Asian-inspired meal against a backdrop of uninterrupted panoramic ocean views.

Beach Bar & Grill – Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Island romance: Constance Lémuria's Beach Bar & Grill

Island romance: Constance Lémuria’s Beach Bar & Grill

Be sure to ask for the table nestled into the rocks and you will enjoy a romantic, secluded Creole meal for two on the granite cliffs overlooking the ocean and the beautiful Petite Anse Kerlan.

Alizee – Constance Moofushi, Maldives

Beach dining at the Alizee

Beach dining at the Alizee

Share a candlelit meal for two under a canopy of a thousand stars with your feet in the sand and the sound of waves gently lapping at Moofushi’s romantic, lantern-lit beach restaurant, Alizee.

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Recipe: Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert

Will you enjoy our Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert?

Will you enjoy our Seychellois Bread Fruit Dessert?

Experience the delicious taste of tropical bread fruit with this sumptuous pudding.

Ingredients (serves 10)

  • 1 litre fresh coconut milk
  • 1kg bread fruit cubes
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200ml water or milk
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

The Method

1. Peel the bread fruit then cut into even sized cubes.

2. Combine the bread fruit in a large pan with the coconut milk (the coconut milk must cover the bread fruit, if it does not add a little water or milk).

3. Slit the vanilla pod in half lengthways and add to the pan along with the salt and nutmeg. Sweeten to taste with the caster sugar then bring the mixture to the boil.

4. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook gently for about 20 minutes, or until the sweet bread fruit is tender enough that it can easily be pierced by the point of a knife.

5. This dish can be served warm or cold. If you like a more porridge-like consistency, simmer for about 5 minutes more and then mash the breadfruit gently with a fork.

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3 unusual dishes from the Seychelles

The cuisine of the Seychelles is a warm, fragrant fusion of influences from Africa, France, China, India and England.

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Unusual dishes from the Seychelles: Tuna ravioli with semi ripe papaya

Known locally as Creole cuisine, the dishes in the Seychelles are flavoured by the rich local spices which historically grew in plantations and were shipped across Europe.

Chilli, garlic, ginger and cinnamon all play a major part in the warm seafood and meat curries and marinades often served with rice and chatini (a mild, vinegary chutney of fruit or vegetable).

As a series of remote islands, the ingredients for many of the traditional Seychellois dishes were based on locally available ingredients.

Here are some of the popular dishes requested by guests at Constance Lémuria, Praslin and Constance Ephélia, Mahé.

1. Recipe: Banana curry cannelloni with Snapper

This delicious recipe from Constance Ephélia blends the warm flavours of Creole curry with sweet banana to create the perfect accompaniment for fresh fish.

2. Recipe: Tuna ravioli with semi-ripe papaya

Created by the chefs at Constance Lémuria this dish uses 100% Seychellois ingredients including the traditional papaya, tuna and palm kernels.

3. Recipe: Octopus salad

Using freshly octopus and garden vegetables, this is a delicious salad that uses local lemongrass to add some zing.

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Constance Lémuria coral reef restoration project declared a huge success

We are thrilled to report that our coral reef replanting project off the beach at Constance Lémuria has been declared a huge success by Nature Seychelles.

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

Restoring the coral reef at Constance Lémuria

The replanting project run by Nature Seychelles and funded by USAID-UNDP, GEF and Constance Lémuria, was completed only three months ago but already the reef has been declared 100% healthy.

The success is hugely exciting as this was a pilot scheme involving the first large-scale active reef restoration using ‘coral gardening’ in the region.

The project involved growing healthy coral in a coral farm off Cousin Island and transplanting it to the reef at Petite Anse Kerlan which was damaged by the effects of El Niño.

A recent inspection of the reef by Nature Seychelles, headed up by Sarah Frias-Torres, found that the transplanted coral is thriving in its new environment.

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Vote for Constance Hotels & Resorts in World Golf Awards

Constance Belle Mare Plage and Constance Lémuria have both been nominated to win the accolade Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 in the inaugural World Golf Awards.

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Golf at Constance Lémuria, Seychelles

Battling it out for the top spot both Constance hotels offer dramatic courses spread over verdant, tropical landscapes with breathtaking ocean views so it’s up to you now to vote for your favourite. Vote now.

Constance Belle Mare Plage

With its two championship 18-hole golf courses it’s no surprise that the European Senior Tour has chosen Belle Mare Plage to host the tour’s dramatic finale the MCB Tour Championship since 2009.

Guests are able to play both the Links and Legend golf courses with limitless free green fees. Caddies, club cars, rental clubs and tuition from our resident Marc Farry Golf Academy pros are all available to guests.

After a day on the golf course guests can relax and unwind with a special sports massage at the sumptuous U Spa where our experienced therapists will revive and restore tired muscles.

Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria is proud to boast the Seychelles only 18-hole golf course. Hewn into the stunning, mountainous terrain of Praslin island, it is often described as one of the world’s most beautiful golf courses.

The front 12 holes lie on the flat land behind the beach while the back 6 holes climb steadily through the hilly jungle terrain to terraced tees dropping to perfectly manicured greens.

The 15th hole is something of a legend as golfers tee-off from a beautiful hillside spot with views over the stunning Anse Georgette and the Indian Ocean beyond, and watch their ball fall 50 metres to the green below. It’s a golf course that will live in the memory.

Again, guests can experience a special sports massage at the beautiful, secluded U Spa after a tiring round.

Vote for your favourite

If you share our passion for golf, we hope you will take the time to vote.

Vote for Constance Belle Mare Plage or Constance Lémuria as the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Hotel 2014 on the World Golf Awards website.

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